In one of the most patriotic days of the year (no offense Fourth of July...we still love you) June 14th is both the Army's birthday as well as Flag day!
If you want to get your red, white and blue on, let's give you a little background.
Today marks the 242nd year the army was founded and all across the country the day will be celebrated with military balls and ceremonies at military bases...and yes cake will be served.
This year's theme is "Over There! A celebration of the World War I Soldier" in recognition of the 100th anniversary of World War I.
Going all the way back in 1775, the army forces were only comprised of about 22,000 soldiers gathered in Boston and about 5,000 more in New York.
On June 15th, 1775 George Washington was named commander-in-chief and officially took command a few weeks later on July 3rd.
Now hand in hand with the birthday celebration, today is also Flag Day which marks the adoption of the flag of the United States of America.
To show off your American pride, here's a few tips to fly the stars and stripes in the correct and respectful way:
- Don’t let the flag touch the ground.
- It isn't a costume, so stick to wearing patches or pins
- Display your flag from sunrise to sunset, or if you want to let it fly 24/7 keep it well lit
- Keep it raised all the way and not at half-staff
- Fold it, don't ball it up and toss it in the closer
- Non-military? Salute it by placing your right hand over your heart
- If your flag is old and tattered, retire it by burning it in a dignified way